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09 April 2019

Kings' Students praised for "soul, spirit and determination" in end of Spring Term Assembly

Students, staff and Governors at The Kings of Wessex Academy ended the Spring Term together on a celebratory note with the whole school assembly. Perhaps due to the rarity of such big special occasions. Perhaps due to the large numbers gathered; but it was quite a spectacle to see everyone together in the Sports Hall following the separate House assemblies earlier that afternoon. As one of their final duties, Head Boy and Girl Sam Kail-Dyke and Lucy Bishop led the proceedings as one of their final duties and reflected on the exciting challenges this year for the now outgoing Senior Student Team and thanked all students for their support with Charities Week held for the first time in October, rather than in December as per past tradition. They have enjoyed their duties and connecting with other students and being involved in the Sixth Form advertising campaign and wished Years 11 and 13 students every success in the forthcoming summer exams; before introducing the new Head Boy and Girl Harris Peters and Alice Stephens and their Deputies Eleanor Bartlett, Jess Frost, Ewart Jackson-Voyzey and Martin Sousa. Kings’ Governor and Vicar of St Andrew’s Church Rev. Stuart...... more

08 April 2019

Hope and new life in Easter Church Services

With the lighter and longer days, budding plants and flowers of early spring and a sense of anticipation in the air, in the final week of the Spring Term students at The Kings of Wessex Academy went to church in the four Houses for the Easter services. The Vicar of St Andrew’s Church Rev. Stuart Burns, with Christian Leader Elizabeth Alden and Rev. John Angle shared the Easter message of Jesus’ final days on earth and his suffering at the cross because of his love for mankind. Rev. Burns lit the Easter candle as a reminder that Jesus brought hope and new life, out of despair and courage instead of fear, and light from darkness. Year 9 student Thomas Walsh and Year 13 student and Head Boy Sam Kail-Dyke (for his final Easter service at Kings) read from the bible about the Passover events in Jerusalem leading up to the crucifixion and Rev. Angle set the scene on Palm Sunday and the joyous celebrations before Jesus was alone in the Garden of Gethsemane: “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” The choir led the hymn “Lord of the Dance” that tells the story of Jesus coming to earth, his death before his resurrection: “I am the...... more

05 April 2019

Kings' Speech-Makers shine in 2019 Gabblers Final

The last Monday evening of March (25/3/19) saw the culmination of months of speech-writing and rehearsing ready for the Gabblers after dinner speaking competition in Bristol for Year 12 students. 20 students took part from schools from within the Bristol locality and Year 12 students Aiden Malik and Isaac McAndrew were the Kings’ speechmakers with their (allocated) cunning titles, “Buying Time” and “Flotsam and Jetsam” (respectively). Places for Gabblers are hotly coveted, and to apply for their place, way back in September, Aiden and Isaac had a testing two-minute speech-off in the Kings Café which Isaac won. But another place became available and Aiden was quick to say yes! True to the art of after dinner speaking, the speakers and guests feasted on a meal at The Bristol Hotel before one by one they were up to give their speech. This was the most challenging part. The getting up and speaking. Mindful of the audience of parents, teachers and local dignitaries listening to so many speeches after a three-course dinner, there was a break halfway with a few jokes and a story, before the final 10 speeches. Previous Gabbler winners also provided some light...... more

02 April 2019

Netball Girls learn from the Professionals

A group of keen Years 9 and 10 netball girls from The Kings of Wessex Academy recently tested their skills and learned some new skills at a Netball Development Day at Bath University with Subject Leader for P.E. Mr Bennett and Teacher of P.E. Miss Manley. The special team started the day with a skills session working with three young Super League players to develop their marking and core skills, with a question and answer session in which they discovered how the players attained their high standard. To get a feel for university life, they had a tour of the campus, before a session on strength and conditioning with England and Bath player Rachel Shaw, working on speed and agility to start, followed by more strength exercises. There was essential relaxation time in the hydrotherapy pool before taking the plunge in the 4 degrees ice baths, with time to feel like true professional and experience the Team Bath netball hydrotherapy exercises for muscle recovery. A quick change, before they enjoyed a guided tour of the World Class Sports Training Village at Bath University, including the gym, judo arena, tennis courts, track, beach volleyball courts and Astroturfs. ...... more

01 April 2019

U18 Girls Rugby Team are The Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens Plate Winners for 2019

The road from Cheddar to London was well travelled last week when the Kings Sports Academy had three day trips competing in The Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens competitions when the Kings’ Under 18 girls ultimately took the trophy as the Plate Competition winners! The National Schools Sevens at Rosslyn Park based near Wimbledon is a very prestigious, annual oversubscribed event for state and independent schools with no guaranteed entry for teams who apply to the competition. Earlier in the week on Tuesday the boys were competing and gained essential experience in a tough group playing against Mount Kelly (Tavistock), Wallington County Grammar School (Croydon) Rossall School (Fleetwood) and Liverpool College, in 4 x 14-minute games. Although results were not in the boys’ favour, they can take a lot of pride from the way in which they conducted themselves on the pitch and know that on another day tight decisions would have gone the other way and they would have reached the knockout stages. Having left Cheddar on Friday at 5am for the five-hour drive to the Capital, the Years 11, 12 and 13 girls then started off with a tough fixture against Epsom College, with...... more